Independence Day for Injured Workers
Happy Independence Day from Ricci Law Firm! Every year, Americans celebrate independence on July 4 and take time to kick back, relax, and appreciate their great nation. Not only did the United States revolt successfully against England -- a formidable opponent to say the least – but it also formed a brilliantly organized system of government. Independence worth celebrating.
One of the best aspects of our wonderful government? A complex judicial system designed to protect individual rights. So perhaps Independence Day gives us yet another reason to celebrate -- workers across North Carolina for decades have been exercising those legal rights by throwing quiet revolutions of their own. The attorneys at Ricci Law Firm are privileged to work regularly with sick and injured workers who are fighting their own type of revolution.
Like the colonial patriots, injured workers may feel oppressed, belittled, and disrespected by the powerful force of a bigger, richer entity. When workers’ compensation injuries occur in North Carolina, multi-national insurance companies often get to decide the fate of a worker waiting for medical treatment or disability benefits. The powerful insurer decides whether to check the box “yes” or “no,” while the worker waits, and while the bills pile up.
Many workers feel powerless and ignorant when faced with the sophisticated companies making these choices for them. Fortunately, many of those workers stand up to the insurers, arming themselves with the knowledge, experience, and powerful legal force of workers’ compensation specialists. Certified attorneys, such as the workers’ compensation attorneys at Ricci Law Firm, help these “revolutionists” buck the system by evening the playing field and seeking justice.
During the American Revolution, the establishment sought to discourage rebellion by branding the patriots as traitors and taunting them about their relative lack of power. Today across North Carolina, many employers and insurers make workers feel guilty about pursuing their rights under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Those same employers and insurers may use legal jargon and other special terms to intimidate workers in hopes they will not seek legal counsel and pursue their claims. But in much the same way as the patriots sought for justice in hopes of shaping generations to come, injured workers who defend their legal rights pave the right for future generations to be treated with respect and dignity following a work-related accident or disease.
This Fourth of July, as you celebrate our freedom, remember also to celebrate the legal rights the patriots earned for us. Our founding fathers would be proud to know that, more than 200 years later, the legal system they established still allows the weak to conquer the powerful when they put their mind to it. Happy Independence Day.
Workers’ Compensation Lawyer serving Greenville and Raleigh
I am a longtime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Founder of the leading personal injury website: http://www.riccilawnc.com/personal-injury/